Everything but suspense.
Williams had 15 points and 10 assists and Gilbert scored 13
points Saturday in their final game at Lloyd Noble Center as the
Sooners beat Baylor 103-60.
"I don't know if you can script a better Senior Night,"
Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said.
Taj Gray scored 16 points, David Godbold added 14 and Terrell
Everett 11 for Oklahoma, which shot a school-record 66.1 percent in
the win. The previous record of 66 percent was set Mar. 16, 1985,
against Illinois State.
The Sooners (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) extended a 16-point halftime
lead by hitting their first seven shots of the second half. Everett
made a 3-pointer from the right side to start a 26-3 run that ended
any chance of a comeback by Baylor (9-16, 1-13).
Gray added a three-point play and Everett converted a fast-break
layup before Godbold scored six of the next eight points for the
Sooners. After a dunk by Gilbert and 3-pointers from each corner by
Williams, Longar Longar slammed home an alley-oop with both hands
to put Oklahoma ahead 74-36.
By that time, the Sooners were 12-for-13 on field goals in the
"When the ball goes in, you look awful good," Sampson said.
Oklahoma, which has won four games in a row, is a half-game
behind Oklahoma State and Kansas for first-place in the Big 12. The
Cowboys and Jayhawks play Sunday.
"Our guys have got a lot of energy going right now," Gilbert
said. "The thing right now is we've got to keep this going for the
rest of the season. And I think we're starting to grasp that."
The Bears, who have lost 22 straight games to the Sooners, never
put up much resistance.
Oklahoma hit its first 10 shots and took a 28-10 lead on
Everett's layup after Gray stole a Baylor inbounds pass. The second
of two 3-pointers by Williams started a string of 11 straight
points for the Sooners that Gray capped with a right-handed jam to
make it 20-8.
When the Sooners finally started missing, they were able to grab
their own rebounds, too. Gray grabbed Lawrence McKenzie's missed
3-pointer for a putback, and two possessions later Gilbert
rebounded his own miss and scored to make it 34-16.
"Every coach dreams of having a Senior Day like that, and I
don't think it gets any better for Oklahoma," Baylor coach Scott
Drew said. "In our case, it was completely the opposite. I don't
think it gets much worse.
"We played poorly, and a lot of it had to do with the great
effort, energy and intensity they played with. They really shot the
ball well, and they deserve a lot of credit in this game."
By the time Baylor finally got its first rebound, the Bears had
committed 10 turnovers and were trailing 36-19 with 5:09 to play in
the first half. Ryan Pryor, a 6-foot-1 guard, was credited with the
rebound when he was fouled by Godbold while going for the ball.
The Bears, who last beat Oklahoma on Dec. 6, 1977, were
outrebounded 16-4 in the first half and trailed 44-28 at the break.
The Bears, who have lost 11 straight games, had only five
scholarship players available.
"We know we have to play a near-perfect game and the opponent
not play a perfect game," Drew said. "When both of those happen,
then we'll have a chance."